Illustrated Storybook Wedding Invitations

I love the mix of classic elegance and youthful whimsy in these illustrated storybook wedding invitations and save the dates from Jen at Shipwright & Co. Inspired by the illustrations of Ludwig Bemelmans (creator of the Madeline books) and with a color palette inspired by natural plant dyes, the invitation suite features illustrations of animals dancing at dusk and nighttime, surrounded by beautiful woodland flora. Just gorgeous!

Illustrated Storybook Wedding Invitations by Shipwright & Co. / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From JenAshley and Mike met in New York and had many dates at Bemelmans Bar, which is named in honor of Ludwig Bemelmans – creator of the Madeline children’s books. The walls are covered with his illustrations, featuring many animals frolicking in the woods. Ashley and Mike wanted to capture that magic and whimsy of those illustrations in their invitations, and we were super excited to oblige as we are big fans of classic children’s book illustrations.

Illustrated Storybook Wedding Invitations by Shipwright & Co. / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Illustrated Storybook Wedding Invitations by Shipwright & Co. / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Illustrated Storybook Wedding Invitations by Shipwright & Co. / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The save the dates capture the animals dancing at dusk on the barn where Ashley and Mike tied the knot, and the invitations move into a nighttime world, layered in three colors with the handwritten text filling up the full moon. These pieces are all about the details. Each animal and plant was chosen especially for each spot. We also love their color scheme, which was inspired by natural plant dyes.

Illustrated Storybook Wedding Invitations by Shipwright & Co. / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Illustrated Storybook Wedding Invitations by Shipwright & Co. / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Illustrated Storybook Wedding Invitations by Shipwright & Co. / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Illustrated Storybook Wedding Invitations by Shipwright & Co. / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks Jen!

Design and Letterpress Printing: Shipwright & Co.

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Photo Credits: Emma K. Morris

Romantic Swan-Inspired Wedding Invitations

I’m kiiiiinnnnnd of obsessed with swan motifs at the moment, so naturally I was super excited when these romantic swan-inspired wedding invitations from Nichole at Coral Pheas­ant showed up in my inbox! I love the way Nichole incorporated subtle swan details (inspired by the groom’s last name!) into this classic blush and gold invitation design, including a die cut details card and swan envelope liner!

Romantic Swan-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Coral Pheasant / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From NicholeLast year I had the pleasure of working with the magnificent florist Diane Gaudett, of Custom Floral Designs, and her daughter Jocelyn to create a custom wedding invitation suite for Jocelyn’s wedding. Truth be told, it more a family affair with Jocelyn’s fiancé, Justin, and her sister being involved too! They all came to the first design meeting, each contributing and offering ideas that were built upon during the design process.

Romantic Swan-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Coral Pheasant / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The vision for the wedding was a super romantic affair with lush florals, crystal chandeliers and luxe linens to be held at the Lace Factory in Deep River, Connecticut. Those details and the darling last name of the groom (Swann!) were the driving bits of inspiration for the suite.

Romantic Swan-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Coral Pheasant / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The invitation itself is completely typeset in a script full of romantic flourishes, set at a slight angle and is letterpress printed on double-thick Crane’s Lettra. While the language on the invitation is traditional, playful wording is used on the response card.

Romantic Swan-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Coral Pheasant / Oh So Beautiful Paper

My favorite part of the suite is the die cut details card that features a swan with outstretched wings. Seriously, could the groom’s surname be any more fitting for a wedding?! Swans mate for life and are symbols of elegance and beauty. The swan reference is repeated on the patterned envelope liners and again on the custom postage stamp. Blush envelopes bring a hint of color to the palette and calligraphy by Graceline complete the suite.

Romantic Swan-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Coral Pheasant / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Romantic Swan-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Coral Pheasant / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Romantic Swan-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Coral Pheasant / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks Nichole!

Invitation design and styling: Coral Pheasant

Calligraphy: Graceline

Event and floral design: Custom Floral Designs

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Photo Credits: Coral Pheasant

Subtle Gold Foil Splatter Wedding Invitations

These subtle gold foil splatter wedding invitations from Mariko at Miks Letterpress+ incorporate gold foil in the most delicate and surprising way! Gold foil is usually the star of the show, but I love the subtle splash of gold foil against the modern sans serif type-driven design. Mariko wove the gold foil splatter pattern throughout the invitation suite, from the save the dates to the post-wedding thank you cards. And I absolutely adore the contrasting black envelope with calligraphed addresses in white ink by Meant to Be Calligraphy and colorful pop of color from the vintage postage stamps!

Subtle Gold Foil Splatter Wedding Invitations by Miks Letterpress / Photo by Rachel Lynn Photography / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From MarikoThe bride wanted to incorporate gold foil, but not anything too over the top. To add a subtle gold foil element to the invitation design, I decided to go with a splash (literally) on each page. I chose a tame and modern sans serif font to counter balance the chaos of the gold foil splash. This suite is great for keeping it simple, yet having a little bit of luxury through the gold foil.

Subtle Gold Foil Splatter Wedding Invitations by Miks Letterpress / Photo by Rachel Lynn Photography / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Subtle Gold Foil Splatter Wedding Invitations by Miks Letterpress / Photo by Rachel Lynn Photography / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Subtle Gold Foil Splatter Wedding Invitations by Miks Letterpress / Photo by Rachel Lynn Photography / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Subtle Gold Foil Splatter Wedding Invitations by Miks Letterpress / Photo by Rachel Lynn Photography / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The suite was hand letterpress printed in black ink along with gold foil on 100% cotton paper. The black envelopes help to balance all of the white space in the invitation suite itself, with a white ink address by Meant to Be Calligraphy in her Reese lettering style. Here the vintage postage stamps also add a splash of color to match the color palette of the wedding. We had a great time styling the shoot using eucalyptus and other greenery to complement the suite.

Subtle Gold Foil Splatter Wedding Invitations by Miks Letterpress / Photo by Rachel Lynn Photography / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks Mariko!

Design and Letterpress Printing: Miks Letterpress+

Envelope Calligraphy: Meant to Be Calligraphy

Floral Styling: Taffy Floral

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Photo Credits: Rachel Lynn Photography

Elegant and Classic Navy Wedding Invitations

These elegant and classic navy wedding invitations from Patricia at Fourteen-Forty have two of my favorite things: a whimsical dot pattern and a wax seal! Seriously, how gorgeous is that pop of dark navy blue wax against the off-white envelopes? The navy blue of the dot pattern is especially beautiful paired with a subtle dose of champagne foil in the invitation text. And I love the combination of clean and classic text with a more modern – and attention-grabbing!– square invitation shape.

Elegant and Classic Navy Wedding Invitations by Fourteen-Forty / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From PatriciaMichelle’s invitations were a true collaboration. She had seen our dot envelope liner pattern and loved it, so we decided to incorporate the dots front and center in the invitations, while working variations into the other pieces. It worked out really well with the venue, as they evoke opera curtains in a subtle and beautiful way.

Elegant and Classic Navy Wedding Invitations by Fourteen-Forty / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Letterpress printing was key in bringing out the important details, along with a little foil shine. And then the blue – we used a subtle two tone color palette that was continued in her reception items and florals, which were a combination of soft peaches, light blues, and whites. Her bridesmaids dresses were also a deep and elegant navy blue. We absolutely love when we can coordinate all these pieces from beginning to end so that a cohesive look is created.

Elegant and Classic Navy Wedding Invitations by Fourteen-Forty / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Another thing to notice is the more unique square shape of the invitation. They give the invitations a bit more grandeur – guests just can’t help but take notice at the special size. And the wax seal is definitely difficult to overlook. The dark blue was just a stunning pop of color on her off-white envelopes and they always make such a lovely keepsake.

Elegant and Classic Navy Wedding Invitations by Fourteen-Forty / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks Patricia!

Invitation Design: Fourteen-Forty

Flowers: Randy Felkey

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Photo Credits: Mike Cassimatis

Modern Neon Typography Wedding Invitations

I’ll always have a soft place in my heart for typography-driven wedding invitations, especially when there’s a pop of neon involved! Sabrina from Smudge Ink sent over these bold and modern neon typography invitations for a wedding in Boston Harbor. I’m absolutely loving the playful wording throughout the invitation suite, from the RSVP cards to the adorable lobster eating guides!

Modern Neon Typography Wedding Invitations by Smudge Ink / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From SabrinaElizabeth and Tucker weren’t afraid to speak volumes when it came to their invitations. I knew it would be a fun suite to design as soon as I saw their wedding hashtag #atuckinggoodtime (a clever play on their names). And Alexis, their event designer and wondergal behind The Little Things, was already brimming with ideas for how to capture the couple’s vision for a lively celebration on the Boston Harbor Islands.

Modern Neon Typography Wedding Invitations by Smudge Ink / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The natural elements provided by the rocky beaches and green landscape of Thompson Island would be a nice escape from the city. But for their stationery Elizabeth and Tucker wanted to offset the rustic feel of their venue with a more bold and modern aesthetic. We immediately decided to keep the look feeling clean cut and fresh with a typography-only design. To play up the couple’s big and bright personalities, we chose to letterpress print in neon coral and gray inks. A coordinating gray envelope liner with one of the couple’s favorite quotes brought everything together.

Modern Neon Typography Wedding Invitations by Smudge Ink / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Modern Neon Typography Wedding Invitations by Smudge Ink / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Modern Neon Typography Wedding Invitations by Smudge Ink / Oh So Beautiful Paper

I love how we paired their affinity for clean typography with slightly cheeky copy that perfectly captured their fun-loving personalities. From the replies to the ferry schedule, coming up with just the right wording was probably my favorite part of their stationery. We carried this playfulness right up to the wedding day with letterpress printed programs and how-to-eat-lobster “menus.”

Modern Neon Typography Wedding Invitations by Smudge Ink / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Modern Neon Typography Wedding Invitations by Smudge Ink / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks Sabrina!

Design and Letterpress Printing: Smudge Ink

Styling: The Little Things

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Photo Credits: Sarah Jayne Photography